When you are going about your daily life in your home, your home's plumbing is generally not the first thing on your mind. People tend to take for granted the fact that their plumbing system is working well and will continue to do so in the future. They are so sure of this, in fact, that they might miss some of the signs that they have a major plumbing problem looming in their house. Get to know some of the signs you have a major plumbing problem in your home so you can contact a plumbing contractor and get it dealt with as soon as possible.
You Notice Water in Your Sink When the Dishwasher Runs
One of the many signs of plumbing trouble in your home is when different aspects of your plumbing system cause reactions in one another. Take, for example, the dishwasher and the kitchen sink. When the dishwasher runs, it should not have any effect on your kitchen sink.
However, when there are plumbing problems in your house, it might. If running the dishwasher causes water to come up into your sink through your drains (particularly water with food particles in it), then you have a problem. Not only can this be quite off-putting and unsanitary, it is also a sign of a clog somewhere in your plumbing system.
Likely, the trap on your sink or dishwasher (or both) is clogged with food particles, causing water and those food particles to back up into your sink pipes. A plumbing contractor can help you by clearing out those traps and ensuring that the back-up does not happen anymore.
These same types of issues can occur elsewhere in your home, such as flushing your toilet and seeing water appear in your bathtub drain. However, this may be a main sewer line problem rather than a localized one.
You Smell Rotten Eggs
The smell of rotten eggs is never a pleasant one to notice around your house. It is also never a good sign. When you smell a sulfuric aroma around your plumbing fixtures, it means that there is sewage backed up somewhere in the sewer line.
All of the pipes in your house that carry wastewater (used water) all carry that water to one central line known as the sewer line. This sewer line is responsible for carrying the wastewater away from your home and to the municipal sewer system. If there is a clog in that main line, the waste from your house can get backed up and sit in that sewer line causing that rotten egg smell.
You will want to have a plumbing contractor come out right away if you notice a rotten egg smell near your main sewer drain or by any of your plumbing fixtures. If you do have a sewer line clog, you want to get it dealt with right away before that sewage ends up flooding the lower level of your home.
Now that you know some of the signs that you have major plumbing issues in your home, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your plumbing in good shape going forward.